A. EVENTS (click to see details below)
B. ANNOUNCEMENTS (click to see details below)
C. SAMPLING OF GENDER-RELATED COURSES SPRING 2016 (click to see details below)
D. FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS (click to see details below)
1. Tue. Feb. 9: The Gender Institute invites you to a Feminist Research Alliance Workshop "On Mentoring!"
Luis A. Colón, A. Conger Goodyear Professor of Chemistry and UB Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Education
12:00-1:30 p.m., 17 Norton Hall (Undergraduate Academies)
Mentoring, guidance, advice, encouragement, coaching; we each may call it somewhat differently. The truth of the matter is that there is always a human touch, a relationship when “passing on” experiences from one individual to another, to a community, a sense of encouragement that results in advancement. At the most basic level, I think it is a survival/preservation instinct. There is a strong desire to make the world that surrounds us a better place to live. One way to do that is by facilitating learning, providing opportunities, and passing on our experiences to those who will follow; this is a lifetime commitment! Over my almost 23 years at UB, I have dedicated a considerable effort to such an endeavor, while pursuing research in the physical sciences. The dedication and the one-on-one mentoring approach, accompanied with the awareness of the diverse world we live in, has resonated with the students I have come in contact at UB and elsewhere. They look forward to a brighter and harmonious future as they take on the rigor of a demanding career. This presentation will reflect on experiences and mentoring efforts undertaken to increase participation of traditionally underrepresented students in the chemical sciences while at the University at Buffalo.
Luis Colón was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the field of separation science and service to the profession, particularly for the mentoring efforts advancing diversity in the chemical sciences.”
Free and open for the public. Lunch will be served.
2. Tue. Feb 23: Children of Substance-Using Parents: Pathways to Risk and Resilience, Dr. Rina Eiden, RIA, UB
11:30- 12:45 pm, Location TBD
Children of substance-abusing parents are at high risk for a multitude of problems throughout development. However, not all children exposed to the risk of parental substance abuse exhibit poor outcomes and there may be multiple pathways to risk and resilience among these children. Understanding these pathways and factors contributing to resilience among children exposed to the risk of parental substance abuse may be informative for timing and content of preventive interventions. These issues will be presented using data from an ongoing program of research on parental substance use beginning in pregnancy and ending in adolescence. The implications of these findings for preventive interventions at multiple levels (child, family, school) will be discussed. Please register at http://gse.buffalo.edu/alberticenter/events/colloquium .
Lunch will be provided.
3. Thu. Feb. 25: Feminist Research Alliance Workshop: “The Cult of Elizabeth and the Production of Elizabethan Literature”
Barbara Bono, Associate Professor, UB English
12:00 – 1:30 p.m., 207 UB Commons, UB North Campus Free
Building on Bono's more focused and occasional September 2015 slide presentation for the Gender Institute Symposium “Wonder Women and Super Men”—"From A Midsummer Night's Dream to Twelfth Night: Shakespeare and the Cult of Elizabeth in the Twilight of the Elizabethan Regime”—this presentation argues for the creative tension in artistic production in a patriarchal society created by the presence of a long-lived female ruler, Elizabeth I (governed 1558-1603), on the English throne. Examples, which will be illustrated by visual analogues, will be drawn especially from the second half of her reign, and from a range of notable literary authors, including John Lyly, Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, and Ben Jonson. This presentation is also one of the first of a year-long series of public humanities events commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, “Bvffalo Bard 2016: 40 Years Since Shakespeare”: for a complete listing see http://www.buffalobard.wordpress.com/ .
Lunch will be provided.
4. Thur. Feb 25: Made to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising Deaf Children
3:00- 5:00 pm, 330 Student Union, UB North Campus Free
Laura Mauldin, Assistant Professor of Human Development / Family Studies and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Connecticut Free
This talk will present research based on accounts of and interviews with families who adopt the cochlear implant for their deaf children. It will go over the experiences of mothers as they navigate the health care system, their interactions with the professionals who work with them, and the influence of neuroscience on the process. In particular, the talk will reveal that implantation has the central goal of controlling the development of the deaf child’s brain by boosting synapses for spoken language and inhibiting those for sign language, placing the politics of neuroscience front and center. Mauldin is assistant professor of human development / family studies and women’s gender and sexuality studies at the University of Connecticut. She is also a nationally certified sign language interpreter. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and more information can be found at www.lauramauldin.com
This event is cosponsored by the UB Center for Disability Studies, the Humanities Institute Disability Studies and Science Studies Research Workshops, Accessibility Resources, and the Medical Humanities Institute.
5. Tue. Mar 1: UB School of Social Work Global to Local Initiatives Series: Community Conversation: Race, Segregation, and Higher Education in Buffalo
4:00- 6:00 pm, 202 Parker Hall, UB South Campus RSVP Required
Guest: John Washington, Facilitator: Elaine Hammond
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6. Mon. March 8: Feminist Research Alliance Workshop: “On Fire: Islamophobia, Gendered Geographies of Containment, and the Refusal of the Right to the City”
Melinda Brennan, Ph.D. Candidate, Gender Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
12:00 – 1:30 p.m., 207 UB Commons, UB North Campus Free
The controversies surrounding the Park51 lot in New York and the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, often erroneously referred to as the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ and the ‘Murfreesboro Mosque’, underscore the ways that tactics of spatial containment operate against racialized religious communities, and are connected to intersecting legacies of violence, racism, and xenophobia in the U.S. The importance of changing attitudes towards Muslims and Islam in the U.S., as well as the ways that racialization of religious communities is a gendered process, are crucial to understanding the geographies of containment enacted against Muslim communities. In her project, Brennan advances the concept “slow death” as a way to describe denials of space and debates about who has the ‘right to the city’ as tied to gendered discourses of counterterrorism, and racist legacies of arsons against black churches and the mass shooting against the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. She argues that the contemporary Islamophobic political climate in the U.S. is ‘heating up’ because of the increasing political cachet of Islamophobic rhetoric, while decentering 9/11 from analysis of Islamophobia in an effort to illustrate that challenges to mosques, community centers and cemeteries reveal the ordinariness of rejection, and how quickly such local discourses and democratic challenges can access a national sentimentality, in turn increasing the likelihood of physical danger for racialized religious communities.
Lunch will be provided.
In recognition of the value and importance of mentoring, the Gender Institute is delighted to announce the establishment of an Excellence in Mentoring Award. The institute seeks to promote and recognize excellence at UB in mentoring undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty at all ranks. We are particularly interested in recognizing the achievements of mentors with a strong record of success in cultivating the professional potential of women, LGBTQ people, people of color, first-generation college students, and students from low-income backgrounds. The award will include a certificate of recognition and a $500 research or travel fund. The deadline for nominations for the Gender Institute Mentoring Award is: Mon. Feb. 15, 2016. For more information, please see Call for Nominations.
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As of 2015, the Center has hosted over 350 researchers from more than 44 countries and 35 states across the United States. The Center has been given an office with access to extensive consortium resources. Associates gather regularly to discuss their research with each other and local faculty in a variety of settings. For more information, or to apply, visit: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/fcwsrc/applying_to_the_center
Among other things, eligible candidates will:
-be full-time graduate or professional school student at a state-operated campus of SUNY;
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-have completed at least 9 credits at any SUNY graduate or professional school with a grade point average of at least 3.95.
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he Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. is seeking a candidate for a full time research post-doctoral position. The candidate will have opportunities to participate (or lead) in conducting analysis, writing scientific manuscripts, and grant writing. NIH post-doctoral salary rates apply. The position is for two years contingent upon performance and funding availability. Send a brief statement of interest and CV to Dr Lakshmi Goparaju at firstname.lastname@example.org
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C. SAMPLING OF GENDER-RELATED COURSES SPRING 2016
1. Tu/Th - AS 323/ENG 323: Gender in South Asian Literature (Reg#:23943/23214)
Instructor: Walter Hakala
This course will examine the different ways in which gender is constructed through South Asian literature, theatre, and film. It is intended to introduce students to the literatures of South Asia, a region that includes present-day Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, by foregrounding the ways in which gender shapes different types, or genres, of text, and how different genres of text in turn shape notions of gender. Our task in this course will be to discover the cultural underpinnings of historical and contemporary conceptions of gender, sexuality, and love. Inasmuch as we “play” out our gender roles our social life, this course will also explore the ways performance is imbedded in the public culture of South Asia.
All assigned texts are in English and no background in other languages or South Asian Studies is expected. Satisfies a Breadth of Literary Study requirement for English majors and an upper-level elective requirement for Asian Studies majors and minors.
2. Th - EEH 522: Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (Reg #:24035)
Instructor: Pavani Ram
Did you know that 750,000 people lack access to improved water around the world? Or that one billion people lack access to an improved sanitation facility? Have you wanted to learn more about the complex set of structural, behavioral, policy, and justice challenges that contribute to ongoing global inequities in water, sanitation, and hygiene? This engaging multidisciplinary course offers the opportunity for graduate students from across the university to learn from global experts about major threats to public health, the environment, and global security in an active learning environment.
3. M,W,F - ENG 310: Shakespeare’s Later Plays (Reg #: 17750)
Instructor: Barbara Bono
We’ll start where I typically leave off in English 309: Shakespeare: Earlier Plays, with the Chorus’s fond hope at the beginning of Act V of Henry V that the triumphant Hal will enter London like a “conqu’ring Caesar,” or “As, by a lower but high-loving likelihood, Were now the General of our gracious Empress—/As in good time he may—from Ireland coming, /Bringing rebellion broached on his sword.” (Henry V, Chorus, Act V, ll. 22-35). But there’s a problem. Essex, the ambitious courtier-knight who was “the General of our gracious Empress” (the aging Queen Elizabeth I) did not come home from Ireland like a “conqu’ring Caesar,” “Bring rebellion broached on his sword.” Instead he came home defeated, rebellious himself.
These—Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest—will be our texts; these—origin, conflict , sex, murder, ambition, death, production, and reproduction—will be our issues. It should be quite a semester.
4. Th - ENG 651 SEM: Queer Black Performance (Reg #: (A)23256 (B)23257)
Instructor: Hershini Bhana Young
The class will be on Queer Black Performance and will focus on current theorizations of raced sexuality, particularly though not exclusively through the lens of performance studies. We will be reading from 13 texts. For example, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures; Nobody is Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low; Excerpts from Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings; Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique; Introduction and Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics.
5. Th - GGS 590: Feminism and Body Politic (Reg #: 23960)
Instructor: Gwynn Thomas
Recent feminist scholarship has addressed the gendered foundations of political communities by critically interrogating accepted understandings of the nation, the state, and citizenship. Taken together citizenship, nation and state compose the “Body Politic.” Central to the debates in literature around these concepts are the issues that surround how to define and delineate political communities and what are and should be the relationships between members of those communities. This course examines how gender has been an integral part of creating and maintaining political power and authority, fostering the emotional bonds of national sentiment, developing and implementing the institutions and process of state development, and shaping the ideals of citizenship.
6. Wed - HIS 420: Masculinity from Ancient Greece to Modern America (Reg #: 24132)
Instructor: Patrick McDevitt
Masculinity can be defined as the social meaning attached to biological maleness. For scholars of gender, it is axiomatic that masculinity and femininity are cultural constructs and the values attached to biological sex, despite some overlap, substantially vary across time, geography, nationality, class, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. This seminar will investigate the myriad constructions of manhood in the West from ancient Greece to modern day. Using both primary and secondary texts, students will consider the continuities and discontinuities in how different societies and their subsets defined ideal and flawed manhood. This wide-ranging survey will consider masculinity in ancient Greece, republican and imperial Rome, pagan and Christian late antiquity, medieval and Renaissance, Europe, revolutionary France, aristocratic, middle class, and working class Britain, nineteenth and twentieth century America, and imperial and post-colonial contexts. Students will produce a series of response papers to readings, an analysis of a film which depicts an historical conception of masculinity, and a group research project.
7. Fri - LAW 833 SEM: International Women's Human Rights (Reg #: 22437)
Instructor: Isabel Marcus
Women’s rights jurisprudence and practice are important exciting and challenging new legal developments. In this seminar we will explore the complexities of relationships among cultures and stereotypes, national laws and their implementation, international women’s rights norms and instruments, and the work of non-governmental organizations. In addition to the substantive women’s rights issues in family law, criminal law, education law, employment law, and health and reproduction law, we also will address the disparate impact on women and girls of war and migration, structural adjustment, informal labor markets and “free enterprise” zones, and trafficking. We will consider various reporting mechanisms in international fora and evaluate international and regional efforts to develop state accountability for violations of women’s human rights. Students also will receive training in the use of computer resources for women’s rights research and will have opportunities to practice and enhance those skills.
8. Tue - SW 714: International Social Work (Reg #: 17238)
Instructor: Filomena Critelli
Effective social work practice increasingly requires an internationalist perspective and a broader understanding of the connection between global and local issues. This course offers an opportunity to examine key global social issues, policies and social welfare institutions in different regions the world with a special focus on human rights and globalization’s impact on social welfare and human need. This is an excellent introductory class for students who may be interested in pursuing social work in an international setting or preparing for an international field placement or want to expand their knowledge of global human rights issues and practice.
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D. FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
For information on the Gender Institute's research grants, fellowships, scholarships, and cosponsorships, click here:http://genderin.buffalo.edu/grants&fellowship
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Early Modern Research Workshop
Ecocritical Studies Research Workshop
Urban Image Research Workshop
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